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Jeremy Harding: Syd Barrett

2 January 2003
Madcap: The Half-Life of Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd’s Lost Genius 
by Tim Willis.
Short Books, 175 pp., £12.99, October 2002, 1 904095 24 0
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... as nature worship was part of the idiom that punk was eager to dump, and the way in which it did so had a bit of a Barrett feel. Punk, after all, was English whimsy with a stud in its tongue. And TimWillis tells us, in his slightly manic survey of the Syd Barrett myth, that Malcolm McLaren, one of the gentrifiers of punk, had been a bit of a Barrett admirer during the hippie era. Syd’s féerie ...

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